How Infertility Affects the Male Partner

What are some of the effects of infertility on a male partner? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Elizabeth A. Grill, Associate Professor of Psychology at The Center for Reproductive Medicine & Infertility Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Dr. Ali Domar, Executive Director, at Domar Center for Mind/Body Health.

Hit the Highlights
  • What percentage of infertility is caused by male factor infertility? By a combination of male and female infertility?
  • Do men experience infertility differently depending on if they or their partner are the primary cause of the infertility?
  • Why does our society overlook the pain of the men when going through infertility?
  • How do men often express grief?
  • How do our societal and cultural beliefs about maleness and virility affect men going through infertility?
  • How often is erectile dysfunction or impotency a secondary side effect of the stress of infertility?
  • Making the decision to use donor sperm?
  • How can the female partner help her husband cope with the effects of infertility and infertility treatment?
  • How can the male partner help his wife cope with the effects of infertility and infertility treatment?
  • How to handle the temptation for both partners to withdraw and suffer alone?
  • How to maintain intimacy when going through fertility treatment?
  • How to find a therapist that specializes in infertility?
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